This week, folk/jazz artist Ryley Walker kicks off his European tour and is sharing his La Blogotheque Sessions, featuring highlights from his new album “Primrose Green,” including the title track and “Summer Dress.” He also covers Van Morrison’s “Fair Play.” Watch the session here.
Walker has also released a few new U.S. dates, in bold below, with Jessica Pratt:
Sun. June 21 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Tue. June 23 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Wed. June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Thu. June 25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Fri. June 26 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Jessica Pratt)
Walker earlier shared another song, “Sweet Satisfaction,” from his latest album, “Primrose Green,” which was released March 31 on Dead Oceans. Walker’s “Sweet Satisfaction” elegantly strikes a pretty balance, walking between folk-pop and the edge of an electric buzz. via Dead Oceans and Stereogum, Walker says:
“The songs are never “done” or anything, it always expands live. That’s my favorite part about playing music. I’m not much of a ‘sit down, here’s my three verses and a few choruses, song’s done.’ It comes from the jam. Having a song set in stone would drive me crazy.”
If that doesn’t give you a good intro to Walker’s music, you should also spend time listening to the title track of “Primrose Green,” a sort of 60s throwback solitary sound that’s highly lacking in music today. Walker’s tour has him playing with acts like Real Estate, Moon Duo, Steve Gunn, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kevin Morby and Heartless Bastards. Walker will also hit the festival circuit, performing at Pitchfork Music Festival, SXSW, NXNE, Levitation and more.